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Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 2006)

09 Jul 06 - 11:55 AM (#1779501)
Subject: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: Feadan

I just got the sad news that gutarist Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away at age 54...

:-(


09 Jul 06 - 11:57 AM (#1779503)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST

On RTE website ...few details


09 Jul 06 - 12:00 PM (#1779507)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: Feadan

Their brief article does not do him justice...

"Folk musician Micheal O'Domhnaill dies

09 July 2006 15:51

The death has taken place of Micheal O'Domhnaill, one of the foremost figures in folk and traditional music.

He died suddenly at his Dublin home. He was 54.

A native of Co Meath, he was a former member of the Bothy Band.

He also performed regularly with his sisters Triona and Maighread."


09 Jul 06 - 12:01 PM (#1779509)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: Alice

Very sad news. Thank you for letting us know.


09 Jul 06 - 12:15 PM (#1779512)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,Guest

This is really heartbreaking news - Michael was an incredible inspiration to so many people. He seemed to be a very modest man, who would prefer to hide behind other people's glories. What a sad time for the O'Domhnaill girls.


09 Jul 06 - 12:25 PM (#1779514)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: Effsee

A very sad loss to us all.
Here's some info from another site:
Micheál O'Domhnaill's first group was 'Skara Brae', a singing group with his sisters Tríona and Maighread and Derryman Dáithí Sproule. Then followed a stint with Mick Hanly in a duo 'Monroe'. In 1975 he was a founder member of one of the most influential Irish traditional bands 'The Bothy Band'. In the four years the band was together they toured extensively and recorded several highly acclaimed albums and although the Bothy band broke up in 1979 their legacy still lives on in the young traditional bands coming out of Ireland today. After the demise of The Bothy Band Micheál moved to America where he played with many musicians including fiddle player Kevin Burke, also of the Bothy Band. Later with his sister Tríona and flute player Brian Dunning he formed 'Nightnoise' which gained widespread recognition and acclaim throughout The United States and Europe.


09 Jul 06 - 12:28 PM (#1779517)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: redsnapper

Extremely distressing news. May he rest in peace.


09 Jul 06 - 12:34 PM (#1779520)
Subject: RE: Micheal,Thanks So Much
From: GUEST

It is hard to describe how magical it was in the late sixties ,early seventies when the O'Domhnaills, Kevin Burke, Christy Moore Andy Irvine, Planxty the Bothy Band and the rest of them emerged on the scene. They were thrilling and exciting people they never knew in places they never heard of.


09 Jul 06 - 12:36 PM (#1779521)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: Alba

Oh no...This News is so very sad. Very sad indeed.


09 Jul 06 - 02:43 PM (#1779605)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: Chanteyranger

Oh, terrible news! What a loss, way too early.


09 Jul 06 - 03:56 PM (#1779655)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: open mike

i sem to recall a short-lived band called Relativity...perhaps he was in this too, (or one of his sisters?)

too early for him to leave us...

best wishes to friends, family and associates.


09 Jul 06 - 04:01 PM (#1779658)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: open mike

here are a couple of links with info:

http://www.folkworld.de/25/e/micheal.html
http://www.answers.com/topic/michael-o-domhnaill


09 Jul 06 - 05:06 PM (#1779709)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: Sorcha

Yes..Relativity, and even I have heard of Michael
How sad.


09 Jul 06 - 05:25 PM (#1779723)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: Skivee

He was one of the guitar great ones, as well as a fine, tasteful producer.
wow


09 Jul 06 - 09:58 PM (#1779912)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,Pamela in Ithaca

Micheal was one of my idols when I was getting into celtic music
so many years ago - I *loved* Relativity and Nightnoise... not to mention the work with his sisters. He was one of the best for
playing back up for jigs. This is very sad.

Are there any more details about what happened?
54 is far too young (and not so much older than
I am than I thought when I looked up to him back when)


09 Jul 06 - 10:12 PM (#1779930)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: van lingle

A fine guitar player and a sweet singer. This is very sad.


10 Jul 06 - 01:31 AM (#1780067)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: Melani

That certainly is an awful shame. Sad news for all of us.


10 Jul 06 - 02:19 AM (#1780080)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: Peace

For you who knew him: Put his name in the Google space and then click Images and search. There are many pictures of him there.


10 Jul 06 - 08:32 AM (#1780249)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: Fiolar

One of my favourites. Ar Deis De le na hAnam.


10 Jul 06 - 11:44 AM (#1780368)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy

What a great loss, what a treasure we enjoyed for a while. Thankfully, we have all the recordings. I'll be playing some of every recording I have that he appears on this coming Saturday on my radio program. On the web at www.wruw.org, the show is called Sweeney Astray, 11:30 am to 1:30 Pm EST (USA), and each program is archived for a week so you can listen anytime for a week after Saturday and/or download it to your hard drive to listen whenever, burn it to cd, whatever. My condolences to Triona and Maighread and all other family and friends.

Bill Kennedy

any requests?


10 Jul 06 - 05:31 PM (#1780588)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,Mary Katherine

According to this, he died of a heart attack.

http://nightnoise.org/


10 Jul 06 - 07:01 PM (#1780636)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: van lingle

Death of Queen Jane might be nice, Bill. I'll try to listen in.


11 Jul 06 - 05:20 AM (#1780842)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,Nyah

Seems Michael died of a heart attack, like his father and his brother Eamonn - such a tragedy - such a loss for his family, the girls, Skara Brae, and of course Paddy Glackin who was his closest friend. Details of funeral in English and Irish - for those in Dublin -

Ó DOMHNAILL (Mícheál) (Dublin) (suddenly) Deeply regretted by his sorrowing sisters and brother, Tríona, Maighread and Conall, by his nephew and nieces, brother and sisters-in-law, extended family and many friends. He will be waked in his sister Maighread's home on Tuesday, July 11 and his remains will be taken to the Church of the Holy Cross, Dundrum, for requiem Mass on Wednesday, July 12 at 12 Noon. Burial will follow in St Colmcille's Cemetery, Naas, Kells, Co. Meath


Ó DOMHNAILL (Mícheál) (Baile Átha Cliath) Gan choinne. Méala mór a bhás dá dheirfiúracha Tríona agus Maighread, dá dheartháír Conall, dá nia agus dá neachtanna, dá chleamhnaithe, dá chuid daoine muinteartha ar fad agus dá chairde líonmhara. Dhéanfar á fhaire i dteach a dheirféar Maighread Dé Máirt 11 Iúil agus aistreofar a chorp maidin Dé Céadaoin chuig Séipéal na Croise Naofa, Dún Droma le haghaidh Aifreann na marbh ag 12 Noon iarnóin. Cuirfear ina dhiadh sin é i Reilg Cholm Cille, Ceannanas, Contae na Mí.

Tá do dheirfiúracha cráite dé ghnáth
is iad ag sileadh na súl
Is gan fhios cén lá go bráth
a n-imeoidh a gcumha
D'fhág tú d'aicme faoi smál
is is náir liom mar a rinne tú an siúl
Nuair nár agair tú Párrthas
le spás beag eile a thabhairt dúinn.


11 Jul 06 - 05:21 AM (#1780843)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,Guest

Two of the four members of Relativity are gone!


11 Jul 06 - 07:09 AM (#1780892)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser)

I was very shocked and saddened to hear this news. All the time I have been accompanying Irish traditional music on the guitar (to the best of my limited ability) it has always been Micheal O Domhnaill who was my greatest inspiration. I have always loved his playing for the seemingly instinctive understanding of the harmonies implied in what is, for me, a predominantly melodic musical form.

Unlike a lot of guitarists I could mention who have come along since, he never budgeoned the music into submission but rather gave the music space to shine through while adding another dimension to it that unison playing or strict rhythmic accompaniment could not do on its own. He understood, like a great jazz musician, that it was not just the notes or chords that mattered but also the spaces in between.

A great musician and a great accompanist, his playing was for me distinguished not just by the tunings he used but by his right-hand technique which often tended to play a rhythmic pattern that followed slightly behind the melody line (listen to his accompaniments on the 'Portland' album with Kevin Burke, for instance) and gave a whole new colour to the music without ever diluting or compromising its character.

HIs lightness of touch, as well, meant that he was equally at home accompanying or arranging slow airs and ballads as dance tunes and he could adapt his technique to many styles and musical traditions. His influence went far beyond Irish circles and I doubt that any of the guitarists who have come along in the last few years will ever have such an impact.

My deepest sympathies to his friends and family.

Chris


11 Jul 06 - 07:18 AM (#1780895)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: MartinRyan

Well said.

Regards


11 Jul 06 - 12:28 PM (#1781102)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: Declan

I got a chance to have a chat with Micheal a few years ago in Ennis when he did a concert with Paddy Glackin a couple of years back. Himself and Paddy made a record called Ath Chuairt around that time. Micheal was one of the people who convinced me that there was indeed a role for the guitar in traditional music and had a huge influence on my playing style. I was glad I had a chance to thank him for that. As was said above he was a very modest man and was much more interested in talking about guitars and things in general than listening to me waffling on about how great he was.

We heard this news in Miltown Malbay on Sunday and we played some of his music and remembered him. Deepest sympathy goes to Mairead & Triona and other family members who have had more than their fair share of bereavements in recent years.


11 Jul 06 - 07:22 PM (#1781391)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: lamarca

This is sad news - 54 is far too young. I'll have to dig out my "Celtic Folkweave" LP (Micheal and Mick Hanly) and play it for the first time in years.

Relativity was a great group - siblings Micheal and Triona O'Domhnaill paired with siblings Phil and Johnny Cunningham. The kind of instinctive harmony and fire that happens when siblings make music together!


12 Jul 06 - 03:01 AM (#1781567)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,more information

at http://nightnoise.org


12 Jul 06 - 04:55 AM (#1781617)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,José Ibarra, Cartagena, Spain

Desde España envío mis condolencias por esta trágica muerte. Soy un seguidor español de Nightnoise y Relativity y ayer oí la noticia en el programa de Ramón Trecet de Radio Nacional de España. Lo vi en directo en mi ciudad dos veces hace diez o doce años y fue maravilloso. Descanse en paz Micheal O'Domhnaill.


From Spain I sent my condolences for this tragic death. I am a Spanish Nightnoise and Relativity fan and I heard the news on Ramon Trecet show in Spanish National Radio. I saw Nightnoise live in my hometown twice, ten or twelve years ago and it was wonderful. May rest in peace Micheal O'Domhnaill.


12 Jul 06 - 07:24 AM (#1781689)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,Spain

We will never forget your golden years as a member of Nightnoise. Thank you for having left us such enchanting tunes.Rest In Peace.


12 Jul 06 - 05:05 PM (#1782066)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,Michael & Mary Jo McGowan - Dublin

We were both big fans of Michaél's.

And, we had a wonderful evening "off" last year in Wexford when we saw Skara Brae perform in small hall in Co Wexford and it's hard to believe that he is gone.

Is oth linn bhur mbris agus go ndeana Dia trocaire air.

Michael & Mary Jo McGowan
Dublin


13 Jul 06 - 04:04 AM (#1782427)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,everyone from churchtown

a gentleman who will be greatly missed


14 Jul 06 - 11:53 AM (#1783461)
Subject: Obit: Michael O'Dhomhnaill
From: GUEST,Hen Harrier

I was very sadenned at the Willie Clancy Summer School big concert last Saturday evening, to hear of the death of this very talented singer/guitarist who used to perform with "Skara Brae" & "Relativity" and accompanied Paddy Glackin on numerous occasions.


15 Jul 06 - 03:02 AM (#1784046)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: Matt_R

This is really sad. I loved his music. Too young to die.


15 Jul 06 - 08:45 AM (#1784155)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST

People may post tributes and condolences at the Nightnoise site. Also, the link to the program w/Daithi Sproule (also of Skara Brae) memorializing him is wonderful.


15 Jul 06 - 01:29 PM (#1784353)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,admiradores españoles

Queremos expresar nuestro más profundo pésame a todos su familiares y amigos. Muchas gracias por tu música


15 Jul 06 - 04:13 PM (#1784429)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,Allen Feldman

Robbie Hannen's streaming audio radio show Culan on BBC Ulster radio has a tribute to Michael t and his suberb music this week, He was a major and often unrecognized pioneer. I first hear him accidently when I walked into a bank to change money at the top of Grafton Street, And there in the lobby was Michael, Paddy Glackin and Donal Lunny playing, This was October 1974, and coming from the American oldtime scene I could not believe what I was hearing, An amazing sound,


17 Jul 06 - 03:15 PM (#1785723)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST

Descansa en Paz.


01 Oct 06 - 10:58 PM (#1847963)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,Susan Helf, Seattle


01 Oct 06 - 11:05 PM (#1847967)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,Susan Helf


02 Oct 06 - 02:25 PM (#1848491)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,Bothy Man

Two points.

1) His name was Mícheál Ó Domhnaill.

2) He didn't die of a heart attack, but as a result of falling downstairs.

And while we're on the subject of errors, the man's name is Robbie Hannan (not 'Hannen') and the album Mícheál made with Paddy Glackin was called 'Athchuairt', not two words as suggested by an earlier poster.

Sorry, and I know Mícheál would agree with me (since his name was misspelt so often), but I get very fed up with illiterate posters to this site. Sure, Irish names can be difficult, but at least make the effort to spell them correctly!

Slán,

Dónal


03 Oct 06 - 11:51 AM (#1849294)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser)

Bothy Man,

Thanks for that. After all the time we've all wasted sharing our respect and admiration and happy memories it's good to be reminded of the important things.

Get a life.


09 Oct 06 - 11:06 PM (#1854614)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...
From: GUEST,RJ

His music meant a lot to me during a difficult time in my life, about 20 years ago. I will miss his great gift.


17 Dec 06 - 04:04 PM (#1912025)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 2006)
From: GUEST,Sevilla

soy un seguidor del arte de Mícheal O´Domhnaill desde hace muchos años. Lo vi en diversos conciertos con Nightnoise en España. Las palabras sobran para describir su arte. Voy a escuchar algún disco suyo. Quién sabe lo que podría haber hecho aún.Mi pésame a la familia y aficionados.


04 Jan 07 - 01:07 PM (#1926572)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 2006)
From: GUEST,Albannach

Watch your step after a night on the town: the majority of people who die after falling down the stairs have been hitting the booze.

Roman Bux of the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, analysed 43 fatal falls in the city in order to help insurance companies better understand the underlying causes - they will not pay out on life policies where death was self-induced through intoxication. Of the fatalities, 23 people had been drinking heavily and 19 had pre-existing medical conditions such as heart disease.

"We have shown a fatal fall down stairs without an underlying severe disease or alcohol influence is a rare phenomenon," Bux says (Forensic Science International, DOI: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2006.10.010).

From issue 2585 of New Scientist magazine, 04 January 2007, page 15


04 Jan 07 - 04:46 PM (#1926734)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 2006)
From: GUEST

Donal the Bothy man?

That wouldn't happen to be yer Bothy man of Newbridge, Co Kildare, then?


05 Jan 07 - 02:14 PM (#1927558)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 20
From: GUEST,Bothy Man

'That wouldn't happen to be yer Bothy man of Newbridge, Co Kildare, then?'

Often misrepresented as such, but most definitely born in Tullamore!

DL


05 Jan 07 - 03:25 PM (#1927609)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 2006)
From: GUEST,04 Jan 07 - 04:46 PM

Forgive me my misrepresentations, then. And belated congrats on your election to Aosdána. Well deserved.

Athbhliain faoi shéan is faoi rath!


05 Jan 07 - 08:51 PM (#1927852)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 2006)
From: Declan

Dónal,

I will add mny congratulations to those above. I have been a fan of yours for many years.

I am also guilty of mispelling the name of Micheál's last album by inseting an extra space.

Given the nature of the gereral affection being poured out on this thread your earlier post seems a bit pedantic. I agree about he spelling of the name, but you might make some allowances for some of the rest of us who althoough apperently "illiterate" really cared about Micheál'a (and your) music.


06 Jan 07 - 01:44 PM (#1928414)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 20
From: GUEST,Bothy Man

Declan,

Please look at your last message again, correct all the spelling mistakes and grammatical errors and repost it. I only respond to messages I can understand.


DL


06 Jan 07 - 03:24 PM (#1928518)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 2006)
From: Declan

Illiterate as charged, Dónal.

Another lesson in not posting when I come in from the pub.


23 Jan 07 - 06:20 PM (#1945999)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 2006)
From: GUEST,seville, spain

I´m just listening "At the end of the evening" from Nightnoise and it´s difficult to describe such beauty and peace in this sounds. Nightnoise make me feel the same way as 17 years ago when i discovered them hearing Ramon Trecet radio3´s "dialogos 3".

Descansa en paz, Micheal.


14 Mar 07 - 07:00 PM (#1996959)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 2006)
From: GUEST,mr tweedy

i dont know how i missed this awful news till last night. 13 march.About3/4 of a year later.
watched donal lunnys life story on tv and mentioned as the credits rose.... the death of this very talented man.
i first heard him sing with mick hanley as a dueo called munroe.
I followed his career alongside all those other super talents who played contemporary irish music
got to meet him with paddy glackin in rostreavor co. down few years ago he kindly sang a song i requested "the death of queen jane"
it transported me to the care free days of my youth in mid 70s
this was a hammer blow. to all who knew him.
i send my deepest sympathy to his sisters and all his family


22 Mar 07 - 03:18 AM (#2003816)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 2006)
From: GUEST,Guest: Columbus OH, USA

Relativity is my favorite band. I am shocked and saddened to learn of Micheal's passing. We will be missed.


28 Mar 07 - 08:04 PM (#2010086)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 2006)
From: GUEST,Fernando Cera

Sigo sin olvidar su música.La escucho y la seguiré escuchando. Una vida que ha merecido la pena (si no, escucha A ribhin og, oran Chaluin Sgaire, Lord Franklin....). Su arte transciende su vida.....


04 Apr 07 - 08:28 PM (#2016745)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 2006)
From: GUEST,Orla Uí Dhomhnaill

Mícheál's family has been really overwhelmed by the amount of respect, sympathy and tributes to him since he passed away. He is terribly missed but has left a huge musical legacy. To celebrate this, Maighread, Tríona & Conall (Mícheál's siblings), Cathal Goan (Maighread's husband), and Mícheál's closest friend, Paddy Glackin, are organising a tribute concert with the help of Tom Sherlock, (their joint manager), on May 24th in Vicker's St., Dublin. Coupled with that, there will be a CD released with tracks featuring Mícheál, which should be very special.

Please visit the newly established (and ever-expanding) website on which I will be working over the next few months. It will provide details of the concert and CD. Still trying to deal with the increasing amount of material coming in and trying to get it uploaded. Blog to be established soon so you can post your own or just view at your leisure.

www.michealodomhnaill.com

Orla (Conall's wife)


04 Apr 07 - 09:57 PM (#2016849)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 2006)
From: Effsee

I had the pleasure of meeting two of my idols when Micheal and Paddy Glackin played for us in Thurso a couple of years ago, and I was so taken with Micheal's quiet modesty. The man was a genius of his time , and I am much saddened by his passing, but at least I have a wonderful recording of that very special night. His singing of "The bonny Banks of Loch Lomond " brought a tear to my eye!
This may be of interest to the family and I would gladly provide a copy if so required.


11 May 07 - 05:35 PM (#2049504)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 2006)
From: GUEST,Hiroshi

I am the most wonderful experience in old life. It was Hakone Museum of Art in August, 1996.The Nightnoise only Japanese public performance was indistinguishable from twilight, and started out in the fields.As if the wind blew and fell out in the plateau with their performance, trees were noisy and the other member joined.
I will not forget experience of my life and just pray for his bliss from Japan now.


11 May 07 - 05:40 PM (#2049506)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 2006)
From: GUEST,Hiroshi . Japan

I am the most wonderful experience in old life. It was Hakone Museum of Art in August, 1996.
The Nightnoise only Japanese public performance was indistinguishable from twilight, and started out in the fields.    As if the wind blew and fell out in the plateau with their performance, trees were noisy and the other member joined.
I will not forget experience of my life and just pray for his bliss from Japan now.


26 May 07 - 12:29 AM (#2061166)
Subject: RE: Micheal O'Domhnaill has passed away...(July 2006)
From: GUEST,elfcape

Archie's done a lovely hour for Micheal this week. Just Google Travelling Folk and you can listen to it anytime 'til next Thursday. Conversation with Paddy and Triona as well.